Theatre and drama: for schools with Inspire libraries

Working with The Spark Arts for Children, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Inspire brings some of the best performers and theatre companies to work with school groups. 

There are currently no upcoming productions.  But you can read about our previous work using the links below

Among Ideal Friends

Among Ideal Friends is a theatre touring consortium developed by The Spark Arts for Children in partnership with library services in the East Midlands. It is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Being part of the consortium means Inspire Libraries can access great theatre performances in our libraries, and online, that we are able to offer to schools at a reduced rate. Each autumn until 2021 will see a performance particularly suited to school audiences.

We are Artsmark Partners

Our libraries are proud to be supporting schools and education settings on their Artsmark journey, inspiring children and young people to create, experience, and participate in great arts and culture. We offer partnership working to education settings who are working towards, or currently hold an Artsmark Award, through a range of arts and cultural opportunities. Find out more about how Inspire Libraries can support your Artsmark journey here.

Previous productions


The Iron Man by Ted Hughes, adapted for Graeae by Paul Sirett


The First by Jayne Williams


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